Dateline: November 10, 2010
Today, Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS), Howard K. Koh, M.D., MPH, Assistant Secretary of HHS and Margaret A. Hamburg, M.D., FDA Commissioner announced new rules for tobacco packaging and ads. The Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act (Tobacco Control Act) requires The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to establish rules for larger and more visible graphic health warnings on cigarette packaging and advertising.
“Today, FDA takes a crucial step toward reducing the tremendous toll of illness and death caused by tobacco use by proposing to dramatically change how cigarette packages and advertising look in this country. When the rule takes effect, the health consequences of smoking will be obvious every time someone picks up a pack of cigarettes,” said FDA Commissioner Margaret A. Hamburg, M.D. ” This is a concrete example of how FDA’s new responsibilities for tobacco product regulation can benefit the public’s health.”
According to the HHS, Tobacco use is the leading cause of premature and preventable death in the United States, responsible for 443,000 deaths each year. Each day 1,200 lives of current and former smokers are lost prematurely due to tobacco-related diseases. “Every day, almost 4,000 youth try a cigarette for the first time and 1,000 youth become regular, daily smokers,” said HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. While Assistant Secretary for Health Howard K. Koh, M.D., MPH proclaimed, “We are at an unprecedented time in our nation’s history to protect the public’s health from tobacco use, the leading cause of preventable, premature death in the United States.“
Really? I think that they may have overlooked the real leading cause of preventable, premature deaths in the U.S. Is it AIDS? Cancer? HIV? Alzheimer’s? Diabetes? Heart Disease? No, the answer is abortion.
Sadly, The number of premature preventable deaths caused by induced abortion far outstrips tobacco deaths. Even if you include the estimated 50,000 deaths caused from second hand smoke, you still are not even half way. According to the Guttmacher Institute, 1.2 million abortions were performed in the U.S. in 2005. This is a staggering number, more than twice as many deaths per year as from tobacco products. From 1973 through 2005, more than 45 million legal abortions have occurred. Add to that number another 5 million abortions since 2005 and the U.S. has topped 50 million deaths from abortions in 37 years.
Let’s do some comparisons of abortion in the U.S. to some other horrendous deadly events of the Twentieth Century.
First World War (1914-18): 15 000 000
Russian Civil War (1917-22): 9 000 000
Soviet Union, Stalin’s regime (1924-53): 20 000 000
Second World War (1937-45): 55 000 000
Post-War Expulsion of Germans from East Europe (1945-47): 2 100 000
Chinese Civil War (1945-49): 2 500 000
People’s Republic of China, Mao Zedong’s regime (1949-1975): 40 000 000
Tibet (1950 et seq.): 600 000
Congo Free State (1886-1908): 8 000 000
Mexican Revolution (1910-20): 1 000 000
Armenian Massacres (1915-23): 1 500 000
China, Warlord Era (1917-28): 800 000
First Chinese Civil War, Nationalist Era (1928-37): 5 000 000
Korean War (1950-53): 3 000 000
North Korea (1948 et seq.): 3 000 000
Rwanda and Burundi (1959-95): 1 350 000
Second Indochina War (1960-75): 4 200 000
Vietnam War (1965-73): 1 700 000
Ethiopia (1962-92): 2 000 000
Nigeria (1966-70): 1 000 000
Bangladesh (1971): 1 250 000
Cambodia, Khmer Rouge (1975-1978): 1 650 000
Mozambique (1975-1992): 800 000
Afghanistan (1979-2001): 1 800 000
Iran-Iraq War (1980-88): 700 000
Sudan (1983-2005): 1 900 000
Kinshasa Congo (1998 et seq.): 3 800 000
U.S. Abortions (1973-2010): 50 000 000
The numbers in the above list are enough to make you sick, when stop and realize the slaughter that man has inflicted upon man. Terms like genocide, holocaust and ethnic cleansing are used to describe the deaths listed above and the countless others that have not been mentioned here. But when you look at the 50,000,000 legal abortions performed in the U.S. during the last 37 years, most of these numbers pale in comparison.
In an 1996 ABC News special titled, Never Say Die, Peter Jennings stated, “In the United States alone, tobacco kills the equivalent of three jumbo jets full of people crashing every day, with no survivors, 365 days of the year.” Jennings was obviously suggesting that if three jumbo jets were falling out of the sky everyday, the American people would demand that something be done about it. In 1996, there were 1,221,585 abortions in the U.S. If we break that number down, you get 3,346 abortions every day. That is equivalent to 8 jumbo jets crashing every day, with no survivors, 365 days a year.
This massive new government campaign is designed to make America smoke free in an effort to stop premature preventable deaths from smoking. Yet, where is the effort by the U.S. government to stop the premature preventable deaths caused by the abortion epidemic? Actually, the deaths of these unborn children are considered acceptable to the U.S. government. Accordingly, there are no government resources being marshaled to combat this epidemic. Nothing.
Shame on America.
November 10, 2010
U.S. Food and Drug Administration
Tobacco Control Announcement
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
HHS announces new tobacco strategy and proposed new warnings and graphics for cigarette packs and advertisements
News release: November 10, 2010
Facts on Induced Abortion in the United States – May 2010
Source List and Detailed Death Tolls for the Twentieth Century Hemoclysm
Never Say Die, an ABC News special by Peter Jennings 6/27/1996
Health effects of tobacco
Centers for Disease Control report July 30, 1999
Abortion Surveillance – United States, 1996